Ranking the 8 CW Pilots In-Development: We Talk About It!

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The CW has officially ordered all of its pilots for the 2013-2014 TV season. Of the eight pilots, two are adaptions of YA Books! One is a spin-off of The Vampire Diaries. All are either high concepts or sci-fi's. Whatever they choose, it looks like next year the CW is going to be quite awesome. Continue reading for how Becca and I rank the 8 pilots.  

8 Pilots in Development at The CW 

Logline: “A warm, quirky, humorous drama about a family whose lives are forever changed, for better and worse, when the patriarch has a car accident resulting in a coma-like syndrome where he cannot speak or move, but can see and hear all. His narration and fantasy sequences emanating from his mind provide context and a wry counterpoint to the stories and conflicts of the family and his own situation."

Executive Producers/Creator: Vera Harbert

Krista's Thoughts: Honestly, this will depend almost a hundred percent on casting. It sounds a lot like Touch that's on FOX. Not my cup of tea, and I don't give it much hope.

Becca's Thoughts: Hmm, I agree with Krista. A lot is going to hinge on the cast. Also, "humorous" and "coma-like syndrome" are two very strange combinations. Sounds more like a sitcom than a one hour drama.

Logline: "A scandal at a Naval base in Virginia touches the lives of both civilians and military personnel in the area, launching us into a multigenerational, multi-class, family and relationship series centered around two early twentysomething women who grew up together, were once best friends, but now are on opposite sides of the Townie/Military divide."

Executive Producers:  Sera Gamble (Supernatural)

Krista's Thoughts: Not really feeling this premise compared to the others. The CW is really looking for high concepts this season since the other shows they have (90210, The Carrie Diaries) aren't really doing well. This seems like it would flatline on air. It really depends on the cast. Also, Sera Gamble was creator of Supernatural  for seasons 6 and 7 (I believe) and those were some of my least favorite seasons of all time. Outlook: bleak.

Becca's Thoughts: I disagree with Krista. I think this could be considered a high concept. The logline is vague and can be left open for interpretation, but with Sera Gamble at the helm, it could really be an interesting show. The military setting is something new and original and frankly, I'd take it over a medical or crime drama. 

Logline: “Set 97 years after a nuclear war has destroyed civilization. A spaceship housing the lone human survivors sends 100 juvenile delinquents back to Earth to investigate the possibility of re-colonizing the planet."

Executive Producers/Creator: Jason Rothenberg

Krista's Thoughts: I find this news very surprising considering The Hundred is not even close to releasing in the book world. It's also MIA on goodreads and I couldn't even seem to find a website for the author. It makes me wonder how closely adapted the TV show would be. Probably not very close. I think the most they could use is the overall premise and then quickly diverge from whatever is in the text. Considering, if this does get picked up it will be airing Fall 2013, again before the book is released! I still think the premise is very interesting, and if done correcting it could be great!

Becca's Thoughts: Regardless of its YA adaptation status, the show reminds me of British series "Misfits" for the use of delinquents. Not quite sure where this will go in terms of plot direction. But it's very, very intriguing and already has plenty of buzz.

Logline: "A spinoff of the CW's The Vampire Diaries revolving around the Original family in New Orleans. In the episode, Klaus returns to the supernatural melting pot that is the French Quarter of New Orleans, a town he helped build centuries ago, and is reunited with his diabolical former protégé Marcel."

Executive Producers:  Julie Plec (The Vampire Diaries)

Cast: Joseph Morgan (Klaus), Pheobe Tonkin (Haley), Daniel Gillies (Elijah)

Krista's Thoughts: Honestly, I wouldn't care what made it to series as long as they pick up this show. I LOVE the Originals. They are the best part of The Vampire Diaries. Major news this week that Daniel Gillies has signed on to play Elijah! He's one of the most beloved Originals. All we need now is Rebekah and Kol!

Becca's Thoughts: I think I had a mini-heart attack when I heard about the backdoor pilot. With TVD as one of my all time favorite shows, the addition of The Originals is brilliant -- in my opinion -- because TVD is starting to look a little crowded. We rarely get to see Caroline every week because the cast keeps growing. I'd like two back to back hours of my favorite vamps, wouldn't you? This really is all going to depend on the execution of the backdoor pilot. With Julie Plec manning it, I'm hoping for good things. 

Logline: "An epic romance between a human girl and an alien boy when he and eight others of his kind are integrated into a suburban high school 10 years after they landed on Earth and were consigned to an internment camp."

Executive Producers:  Richard Shepard (Ringer), Scott Rosenberg (Happy Town), and Sean Furst

Krista's Thoughts: This is one of my top favorites ordered for pilot. I love aliens, and anything returning to Rosewell is okay by me. A top contender in my opinion!

Becca's Thoughts: Not feeling the high school setting. This is a case of regressing in terms of high concepts. While Roswell remains an all time favorite of mine, and a classic, I doubt it would work in today's lineup. An "epic romance" isn't enough to sway me.

Logline: "Charts Mary Queen of Scots’ rise to power when she arrives in France as a 15-year-old, betrothed to Prince Francis, and with her three best friends as ladies-in-waiting. It details the secret history of survival at French Court amidst fierce foes, dark forces, and a world of sexual intrigue."

Executive Producers: Laurie McCarthy (Windfall) and Stephanie Sengupta (Ghost Whisperer)

Krista's Thoughts: I like the overall premise, but it's doubtful that both The Selection and Reign will be chosen to air. Both have costumes with Princes and Queens, so they will be competing for a spot as series. At this point, it looks like The Selection has better chances.

Becca's Thoughts: I like it. It kind of sounds like a Downton Abbey meets The Tudors (of course with less nudity). I agree that it would be strange to pick up The Selection and Reign, and my hopes right now sit with the YA adaptation. 

Logline: “Set 300 years in the future, an epic romance centering on a working class young woman chosen by lottery to participate in a competition with 25 other women for the Royal Prince’s hand to become the nation’s next queen. Balancing her loyalty to family, true love, and kingdom, she must attempt to remain true to herself as she navigates the cutthroat competition and palace intrigue, all while a budding rebellion threatens to topple the crown.”

Executive Producers/Creator: Elizabeth Craft and Sarah Fain.

Krista's Thoughts: Not only have I read The Selection but so has Becca! We did a Twin Takedown because of our very different opinions. I thought it was a great, fun read! Becca...not so much. It's interesting to know that Aimee Teegarden (Friday Night Lights) who was cast as America the first time around, is not attatched to the pilot this time. I loved the cast they had before, so I'm really interested to see who they choose this time. I think it would be great on the CW!

Becca's Thoughts: If you read our Twin Takedown, it's no surprise that I wasn't the biggest fan of The Selection, but that in no way means I wouldn't want a TV series. They'll be able to flesh out the world and really bring the characters to life. I actually dislike the TVD books, but the show is brilliant. The freedom of television can take the books to much different places.

Read more about The Selection here! 

Logline: “In the vein of X-Men and Heroes, it’s the story of several young people from around the world who represent the next stage in human evolution, possessing special powers, including the ability to teleport and communicate with each other telepathically. Together they work to defeat the forces of evil. Based upon the original UK series created by Roger Price."

Executive Producers/Creator: Phil Kemmer (Chuck) and Julie Plec (The Vampire Diaries)

Krista's Thoughts: Julie Plec + Heroes + X-Men = Brilliant. Seriously, if this is cast correctly this show could top the charts. I'm a huge fan of powers. The only downside is that it's a redone concept from a UK show. History shows that not many of those turn out well.

Becca's Thoughts: YES. YES. YES. I jumped up and down at my bus stop when I heard this one was picked up. I am -- as Krista will attest -- an X-Men junkie. And anything that involves an array of young adults with mutant-like abilities (the next stage of evolution definitely is reminiscent of this), is something I'll root for. I haven't seen the UK show, but I'm hoping it diverges -- as most of the good UK to US adaptations have before (Being Human, Shameless).

How Krista Ranks Them:

How Becca Ranks Them:


What do you think of the pilots? How do you rank the pilots on the CW? Excited for a spin-off of The Vampire Diaries? Sound off Below!!


  1. My top 3 are Oxygen - because I love aliens, The Tomorrow People - because I love X-Men, and The Hundred - because it has humans that are sort of aliens but not really. Can you tell I like alien stories? haha

    Thanks for sharing ladies! Looking forward to any updates on casting and which shows get picked!

  2. Ahh I'm glad there is someone else who loves Elijah too! I love hearin about the Originals in TVD so a story where I get to see Elijah and hear Klaus's sexy accent... yes please!!! Hopefully with Julie Plec at the helm we won't be disappointed!

  3. Oxygen is still my numero uno followed by a battle to the death between The Selection and The Tomorrow People. I'm kind of worried that Plec is stretching herself so thin. Say that The Originals and Tomorrow People get picked up, that's going to be three shows she's co-producing which I think is two, too many! I hope TVD doesn't suffer from her withdrawal, especially because Kevin Williamson is leaning towards other new projects. I think the CW excels mainly with fantasy/sci-fi/supernatural shows so I'm not really sure about Company Town or Reign.